Egyptian Fintech Startup Secures $3.5M in Seed Funding Round

The Egyptian fintech startup Mnzl plans to enhance its lending technology and expand its operations using the $3.5 million raised in a seed funding round. Co-founder Sameh Saleh said the startup seeks to empower families by providing financial leverage and contributing to broader economic prosperity in the region. Empowering Financially Excluded Egyptian Families The Egyptian […]

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Vanguard CEO Salim Ramji Sticks to Firm’s Anti-Crypto Stance, No Plans for Bitcoin ETF

Salim Ramji, the new CEO of Vanguard and former head of Blackrock’s global ETF business, has affirmed the company’s position against launching a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), emphasizing the need for consistency with Vanguard’s investment philosophy that views crypto as a speculative and immature asset class. Despite Ramji’s prior involvement in launching Blackrock’s successful […]

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Zimbabwe Government-Appointed Committee Aims to Understand Local Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

The Zimbabwean government has formed a multi-stakeholder committee, tasked with consulting stakeholders in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. This committee, known as the National Risk Assessment Coordination Committee (NRACC), aims to determine the nature and extent of the cryptocurrency ecosystem in Zimbabwe. It will also evaluate the risks associated with cryptocurrencies, such as their potential misuse for […]

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US Lawmakers Urge Treasury Action on Russian Crypto Exchange Sanctions Evasion

U.S. Congressman Gabe Amo (D-RI), along with Congressmen Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen regarding the Moscow-based cryptocurrency exchange Garantex. They expressed concerns that Garantex is reportedly facilitating sanctions evasion and funding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The letter cited reports indicating that $20 billion […]

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EOS Network Foundation Founder: Bitcoin Halving Spurs Development of Solutions Enhancing Network Efficiency

With Bitcoin transaction fees recently becoming a more critical component of miner revenue, Yves La Rose, CEO of Exsat, believes there is “an increased incentive to adopt and develop solutions that enhance transaction throughput and network efficiency.” According to La Rose, this can be achieved by integrating advanced layer two (L2) solutions which expand the […]

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Ripple Seeks Court Approval to Seal Sensitive Documents in SEC Lawsuit

Ripple Labs has filed a motion to seal remedy documents in its ongoing litigation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ripple argues that these documents contain sensitive information, including proprietary business strategies, financial data, and internal communications. Public access to this information could give competitors an unfair advantage and damage Ripple’s market position. […]

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Microstrategy Joins MSCI World Index Amid Bitcoin Rally

MSCI Inc. has announced the May 2024 Index Review, which includes adding the bitcoin-focused Microstrategy to the MSCI World Index. This decision follows the Nasdaq-listed software intelligence firm’s stock outperforming bitcoin and other major investments. Microstrategy currently holds over 214K bitcoins. MSCI World Index Adds Microstrategy MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a premier operator of global […]

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